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Satonda Island is a little gem hiding a freshwater lake within the small island itself. The seabed close to the dock has few corals but has a good ecosystem rich of underwater life thanks to the restoration project happening on the left side of the dock. The area we recommend to visit is the one on the right side of the dock where the underwater life is more interesting.

Coral reef at Pulau Satonda
The seabed at Pulau Satonda.

How to get to Pulau Satonda snorkeling spot?

Satonda Island (Pulau Satonda) is a small island off the northern coast of Pulau Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara. There is no accommodation on the island hence you can visit it as part of a day tour or a liveaboard.

Pulau Satonda snorkeling map
Pulau Satonda snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Pulau Satonda

The entrance to the spot is directly from the beach on a seabed that is immediately rocky. Beware of potential stingrays but also of sea urchins.

Pulau Satonda snorkeling exploration tips

The highlight of the spot is the exceptional water visibility which, on a clear day, can be defined as infinite.

Coral reef at Pulau Satonda
The reef slope supports diverse and colorful coral.

Close to the beach, the seabed is of little interest with sporadic corals but rich in fish swimming around the rocks.

As the water gets deeper (↕10 to 13 feet/3 to 4 meters) the corals become more dense and quite varied but the water sometimes becomes too deep (↕16 feet/5 meters) to truly enjoy it from the surface.

Coral reef at Pulau Satonda
The Clark’s anemonefish is a common inhabitant of the reef.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the corals are various and include both hard (pillar, table, brain) and soft corals (mainly Sinularia).

The fish variety includes Blue chromis, Sweetlips, Butterflyfish, Triggerfish, and Cornetfish.

Coral reef at Pulau Satonda
Damselfish gather in large numbers above the reef slope.

At certain times of the year, a high presence of small jellyfish can be noted in the area. These are not venomous but the constant stinging may sometimes make snorkeling impossible.

Restaurants and accommodations nearby

There are some basic facilities on the island but it looks like they have been abandoned or are seldom opened without a fixed schedule.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Protected areaMoyo Satonda National Park
  • Maximum depth16 feet/5 meters
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach (or a boat)
  • Potential DangersJellyfish, usual precautions
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsCost of a liveaboard cruise or a day tour
  • Restaurants nearbyNo

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These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.